After having to close down their Disney English learning centers in China back in January due to COVID-19, The Walt Disney Company has made the decision not to reopen those learning centers, according to Shine.

  • Disney English, which was created by The Walt Disney Company in October 2008, is an English-language learning school with centers in six cities throughout China.
  • The program used a specially-created curriculum to instruct children the way they learn best; through stories, songs, characters, and above all, fun.
  • Disney had 26 learning centers across China, including 10 in Shanghai and reportedly attracted more than 100,000 learners aged between 2 and 12.
  • Operations were suspended in January due to COVID-19 and the program began offering online classes in March as a temporary measure.
  • Disney has said parents can apply for refunds from the program from June 26 to July 21.
  • To learn more about Disney English, check out the video below:

What they’re saying:

  • Mahesh Samat, Executive Vice President, The Walt Disney Company: “Over the past few years, we have noticed a shift in consumer preferences toward online learning experiences and this trend has been accelerated by the global pandemic as families are hesitant to resume in-person supplemental learning classes. After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to not reopen the centers. We are ensuring that each family of a Disney English learner is refunded accordingly, and we are taking care of each and every one of our affected cast members. “